The Scott County Community Foundation (SCCF) has awarded over $153,000 in grants to several local agencies during its 2024 Community Grants Program, announced grants committee chairperson Ryan Payne. The agencies were formally honored at a grants breakfast.

The organizations, the purpose of the request and amount awarded are:

  • Align Southern Indiana: operations for the 5-county initiative which works to align resources, address needs and produce sustainable solutions, $2,500;
  • Bree’s Blessings: operational support for their mission of providing gifts of art and music to children battling cancer, $3,000;
  • CASA of Scott County: operational support for advocates to support abused and neglected children, $20,616.04;
  • CEASe of Scott County, Certified Prevention Specialist, $4,375;
  • Gleaners Food Bank: provide school-based pantry program at Austin and Scottsburg high schools, $6,000;
  • LifeSmart Youth: provide human growth and development curriculum to Austin elementary and middle school students, $5,000;
  • New Creation Ministries: operational support for the agency, which provides assistance to individuals who are facing life-controlling situations, $6,000;
  • Oard Springs Community Center: preservation at the former one-room schoolhouse, $3,100;
  • Preservation Alliance, Inc.: operational support for Scott County Heritage Center and Museum, $5,000;
  • Scott County Emergency Management Agency: purchase drones for search and rescue operations, $11,640;
  • Scott County Family YMCA: provide assistance for children in need who attend summer and school break camps, $5,000;
  • Scott County Partnership: AmeriCorps match for Clearinghouse, $10,000;
  • Scott County Partnership: program match for Covering Kids and Families health insurance navigator, $10,000;
  • Scottsburg Elementary School: Minds-in-Motion equipment and training, $1,559.64;
  • Still Water Individual and Family Therapy Services: therapy sessions for clients with financial need, $10,000;
  • Turning Point Church: transportation expenses for homeless persons to access services, $1,500.

The Donald R. Collins Sr. Family Fund provided funding for the grant to Turning Point Church. The Laurence and Myrtle Bridge Memorial Fund provided part of the funding for the grant to the Clearinghouse. The Dale and Rosemarie Hobbs Fund the funding for Bree’s Blessings. The L.L. and Juanita Lowry Unrestricted Fund provided part of the funding to New Creation Ministries. Through these families’ memberships in the Forever Tree Society, earnings from their family funds are able to support specific charitable projects in the community.

The grants were also made possible from the Borden Family Community Granting Fund, the Boswell Family Fund, Phillip Dold Sr. Memorial Fund, Terry Fewell Memorial Unrestricted Fund, the Garten Foundation, Addie Mae Graham Memorial Fund, Lauren Graham Memorial Fund, Dustin and Derek Jones Memorial Fund, Hazel and Lowell Lowry Sr. Memorial Fund, John and Janice Martin Unrestricted Fund, Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fund, Dr. William and Diann Scott Unrestricted Fund, Dan and Mary Lou Slattery Fund, Wesbanco Fund, William Frasier Wetzel Memorial Fund, Yellow Rose of Nancy R. Laird Memorial Fund, Scott County Immediate Response Fund, Scott County Memorial Fund and Community Enrichment Fund.

The Board of Directors also awarded $48,121 from the Scott County CAPE Educational Endowment Fund to the Scott County Partnership to continue educational initiatives through a Youth Resources Coordinator. These include LifeSkills and guidance activities at Austin and Scottsburg elementary and middle schools, coordinate youth summer feeding program, coordinate other educational programs including Reality Stores, Career Clusters and fairs at both Austin and Scottsburg high schools.

“Congratulations to all of the grant recipients!” said Grants Committee Chair Ryan Payne. “I am looking forward seeing the difference they all make in Scott County. I am very thankful to be a small part of the Community Foundation and continuing to help make Scott County a better place to live.”

For more information on the Scott County Community Foundation, call 752-2057, email or stop in the office at 60 N. Main St., Scottsburg. You may also go online to view pictures and information at or